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All reviews plantains rotisserie chicken rice fries peruvian food sweet sauce order at the counter charlottesville area order food the food is great worth the wait sides corn cactus platanos cebollitas leftovers
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Reviewed May 29, 2022 via mobile

We had dinner here after seeing good reviews on Trip Advisor. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but it did not disappoint. It’s very casual. You order at the counter, then find a table. The service was very fast and friendly, and our...food was delicious. The chicken was outstanding, and the street corn was the best I’ve had anywhere, with a very unique recipe.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 19, 2022

I asked a group of friends where to find the best rotisserie chicken around and they agreed --the place was Al Carbon. They were right. You don't even have to open the door to smell that savory aroma. There business is largely take out, but...there are a few tables for dining in. I thoroughly enjoyed the chicken and that was probably the best baked sweet potato I've eaten. The Cactus side was clearly special too.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed October 19, 2021

If you have been to Peru then this place will give you all the Peruvian vibes. The staff is very friendly and very fast but you will have to wait as they are usually busy. It is worth the wait though!

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 6, 2021

I look forward to coming to Charlottesville on business as this restaurant is always busy and they’re courteous it’s no-frills and the food is great. They have delicious sides to offer with Peruvian rotisserie equipment for their outstanding moist chicken. They have expanded during Covid...and the tables are very far apart and they also do a tremendous takeout business. If you are in the Charlottesville area you owe it to yourself to try this place out. They also have barbecue ribs if you don’t like chicken and the vegetable sides are wonderful. The portions are very large.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed August 10, 2021

The chicken was good but the plantains were mushy and old. They charged me for sweet sauce and I didn’t even order it and then the sauce was less than a teaspoon ( see pictures) the staff at the 5th street location acted like they...were mad I came in and ordered and it took 30 minutes to get a 1/4 chicken and plantains... probably won’t be backMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Myriam H, Owner at Al Carbon Chicken, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2021

Hello, I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the menu items that were served to you. All our dishes are prepared with nothing but fresh and high-quality ingredients, as we want to only serve plates that we are proud of and would...More

Reviewed July 10, 2021 via mobile

Hands down the best food in the area. Their prices appear a little on the high side but the chicken, fries, and street corn are worth every penny!!!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed June 28, 2021 via mobile

Our family, including our one very picky son, was thrilled with our visit to Al Carbon. We ordered a whole chicken - juicy, tender, perfectly seasoned- yucca fries, plantanos, rice, and mixed vegetables. All of the sides were fabulous, but my favorite were the mixed...vegetables. You order food at the counter, and they call your number out when your order is ready.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 25, 2021

The chicken all by itself is perfectly seasoned and packed with flavor. Add the sauces and the sides, and this is just outrageous. I especially recommend the yucca and the toreados y cebollitas. We ate the leftovers with scrambled eggs the next morning.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed April 3, 2021 via mobile

The fried plantains with sweet sauce were worth coming here alone, but everything else was tasty. We particularly liked the al pastor taco, the cilantro sauce, and the tamale with beans and sour cream was good we will definitely go there again!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed February 13, 2021 via mobile

This place is definitely a hidden gem. The food is delicious and always fresh. I love that I can order and pay online. They seem to be doing a great job keeping up with COVID-19 precautions. I highly recommend the chicken, fries, and street corn.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed October 25, 2020 via mobile

This chicken is absolutely amazing! We live 5 hours away but travel to the Charlottesville area frequently and always stop at Al Carbon. The food speaks for itself! I’ve never been disappointed with anything on the menu. Make sure to order the fried plantains and...sweet sauce. The staff are so friendly and go above and beyond to satisfy customers.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed July 1, 2020 via mobile

This is one of the best chickens I have ever consumed!!!!! Oh my goodness!!!!! This chicken is moist and tender with crispy skin and loaded with flavor with a kiss of smoke. The salsas are all delicious with adjusted spice levels and all compliment the...delicious chicken. Sides of rice, beans and plantains where outstanding!!! We also enjoyed the pork and chicken tacos and a side of delicious Mac and cheese. Leave room for the churros both stuffed and unstuffed.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

My wife and I lived in C'ville for a couple years and would stop by here every few weeks. It can get a little crowded as the dining space is on the smaller side but there are generally lines out the door - because the...food is great!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed February 12, 2020

We have been coming here since they opened (years ago). It's my kids' top spot for flautas. The Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken is great (and the family platter is awesome). It's one of my favorite places for traditional tacos as well. There's nothing fancy about it,...but the food is solid and it has a big following, so don't be surprised if you go at a busy time and it's, well, busy. But the service is fast and the vibe is friendly.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 11, 2020

This year for Thanksgiving we did the unthinkable and ordered two turkeys from Al Carbon. This, not something that is available every day. What a great success! The birds were spit-roasted over hardwood coals and the best we have enjoyed. We also ordered their large...wood-roasted vegetable trays. On a daily basis, their spit-roasted chickens are juicy, tender, crispy, and a very good value. You can buy an entire bird or cut it into a variety of splits. Don't overlook a large variety of sides which are all house-made! This is a family operation and they all work hard to make you happy and we will go back often!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Response from ValkyriesFlight | Reviewed this property |
yes, they do have fries, but no pizza.
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Response from Laura Z | Reviewed this property |
The tacos, flautas, and huaraches are made with corn tortillas instead of flour. They have soup (caldo tlalpeño), fried plantains, green salad, grilled veggies, several rice dishes, yucca fries, and nopal cactus-- these are... More
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AL CARBON CHICKEN, Charlottesville - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

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Yes, Al Carbon Chicken offers takeout services.

Al Carbon Chicken is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5